LHS Select Choral Ensembles European Tour Spring 2012 Proposed Itinerary
Tour Overview WHO: Women’s Chorus, Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers WHAT: 9-day Concert Tour of Europe (11 travel days) WHEN: Spring Break 2012 (depart Thursday, April 12 and return Sunday, April 22) WHY: Amazing opportunity to share music and participate in cultural exchange WHERE: Stockholm, Sweden / Helsinki, Finland / Tartu & Tallinn, Estonia
Spread over 13 islands and several peninsulas, Stockholm is Sweden’s capital and its largest city. Called the “City on the Water”, Stockholm is also a university town; the most celebrated of its scientific institutions is the Nobel Foundation.
The famous Swedish university town of Uppsala lies about 70km northwest of Stockholm on the banks of the river Fyrisa. The university was founded in 1477. It is also the see of the Lutheran Archbishop of Sweden.
Helsinki is a modern-looking city, with handsome streets and boulevards. The white facades of its buildings have earned it the name of the “white city of the north”. The port, dotted with small islands, harbors ships from around the world.
Capital of the smallest Baltic republic, Estonia, Tallinn is today the best preserved of the old North Hanseatic towns. A rich heritage of medieval buildings is preserved, including the 13th century Toompea Castle, which dominates the city. Tallinn is well known for its national song festival which takes place every four years. The huge open air stage can hold up to 25,000 singers, and the event is attended by up to 150,000 people.
Guided sightseeing tour, during which you will see the Song Festival site, Toompea Castle, the 14th century Town Hall, the Niguliste Church, and the 15th century bastion called “Kiek-in-de-kök”, so called because from its vantage point, you are meant to be able to see into all the town’s kitchens